Two ministers say a transition would be time-limited and Brexit means leaving single market and customs union

Philip Hammond, the chancellor, and international trade secretary, Liam Fox, have come together to declare that a post-Brexit transition would not be a “back door” to Britain remaining in the EU.

After a summer of cabinet feuding Hammond, who favours a “softer” pro-business Brexit, and Fox, a hardline Brexiter, said that they agreed there should not be “cliff-edge” break when Britain leaves the EU in March 2019.

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